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The bench observed that even when truth is revealed people think differently because of such statements from different departments of law enforcement agencies.

The HC kept the writ “stand over” and asked the deputy attorney general Bipul Bagmar to convey to the law enforcement agencies its message that they should refrain from providing different statements.

“The law enforcement agencies can cooperate with each other in the interests of investigation but it would be better if the investigative officer keep mum about any cases during the investigation,” said HC.

It also said that the journalists will seek information as part of their job and that’s why they can’t be blamed.

Filing the writ on Monday, advocate Abdullah Al Harun Bhuiya Russel said, “The statements of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police are inconsistent and they gave different statements before the media. That’s why a judicial investigation is sought in the case.”

The writ also sought a rule seeking directives of proper legal steps against the perpetrators involved in the crime.

Secretaries to the home ministry, civil aviation and tourism ministry, Inspector General of Police, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar and Superintendent of Police were made respondents to the rule.

On the night of 22 December a gang led by its leader Ashik abducted a woman and allegedly raped her in two places of the tourist town.

Law enforcement agencies have since then arrested Ashik and five others in the case. The investigation into the case is going on.

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